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ReaderCon: Initial Reactions

ReaderCon: Initial Reactions

After a Feng Wah bus, a subway trip on the "T", and a long ride on a municipal bus, I came to the hotel where they are holding this year's ReaderCon, the Science Fiction (or Speculative Fiction, if you prefer) convention dedicated specifically to books, and thus the only SF convention not overrun with "B" list TV and movie celebrities. One thing was immediately apparent as I stepped through the door of the hotel: everyone at this thing seems to know each other.

At the first panel, on writers who are also reviewers, this became abundantly clear not only by the panelists and moderator Paul Di Fillippo specifically referring to the community as "small", "insular" and a "family", but by the fact that when Fillippo took questions he could call on each person with a raised hand by name. Though this is my first SF convention, I have been to a lot of other convention-type events in my time, mostly comic book ones, but also simply book related events like the Small Press Expo or the BEA. I have never before seen a moderator who knew so much of the audience by name.